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Adventitious flare forms where new roots grow from cut tap root

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if taproot is cut, then new roots grow just behind pruning site

When the tap root is cut as shown on the left, new roots grow from just behind the pruning cut as shown on the right. This is the same root system one year later. Under most circumstances, roots grow down at an angle into deeper soil profiles as shown. Photo courtesy Dr. Gary Watson.